WITH PRIDE |LETTER FROM CURTIS'S PARENTS
our son, Curtis, is well into adulthood, we have visited the
area of deafness many times. We are extremely proud of Curtis
and all that he has accomplished through hard work, dedication,
We are happy to have the opportunity to share our experience
with you, and to offer you some suggestions based on this
experience. Read and keep abreast of new trends and research
in all areas of deafness; talk to other parents; join a parent
group; visit your child's classroom regularly; and by all
means, talk to the teacher. You should become so familiar
in the school that every staff member greets you by your first
name. The more involved you are in the education process,
the more your child will see that learning is exciting and
fun, and your child will experience positive results. By the
time your child gets to Shakespeare, it will be a piece of
cake for you!
there isn't a teacher or institution that can teach a child
everything within the school day. You, as parents, are the
first and foremost educators of your children.
Education is very important, but raising the child to become
a well-rounded, confident individual with a sense of humor
and a strong sense of self is your number one priority. Encourage
your child to participate in extracurricular activities and
to get involved in the community to the maximum extent possible.
His or her dreams and desires should be no different than
those of other children.
Raising a child is a real challenge everyday, but it's a wonderful
feeling to see the positive results, especially when that
child has a disability.
John and Sallie Pride